Assistantships in Metropolitan France and Overseas Departments for 2015-2016



Assistantships in Metropolitan France and Overseas Departments for 2015-2016


This programme is aimed at students who intend to become French or English language teachers, or young teachers. It is not meant for experienced language teachers.

This programme is now also open to students of other disciplines (such as commerce, medicine, engineering) who can demonstrate a competence in French but seek to increase their linguistic and cultural proficiency. To apply, students must have completed at least two years of university studies at the time of appointment (ie. October 2015).
In their applications, candidates are given the opportunity to express a preferred geographical location and an educational sector.

Positions available

About 50 positions are offered to Australian nationals (between 20 and 30 years of age).


Candidates must be Australian citizens.

Candidates should be between 20 and 30 years of age at the time of taking up their positions (from 1 October 2015). They should also preferably be single, as the salary of an assistant is not adequate to support dependents.


Candidates may request the age group that they would prefer to work with. Although every effort will be made to take these choices into account, the French authorities CANNOT guarantee that requests will be met.

Primary School - 7 months

A seven-month contract from October 1st through April 30th
A 12-hour per week schedule at a maximum of three different schools
Working with children aged 8-11
The assistant will be expected to organise oral expression activities on their own with small groups of students or to work alongside the teacher in attendance.
Good level of French required

Secondary School (junior high school or high school)

A seven-month contract from October 1st through April 30th
Working with students aged 11-18
The assistant will organise oral expression activities on their own with small groups of students or work alongside the teacher with the whole class in attendance.

Studying in France

Language assistants can only enroll as non-registered students in a French university due to the type and duration of their visa (D). This means the assistant is not allowed to take exams. Thus French universities can only issue a « certificate of attendance » which may be validated by the assistant’s home university.

Social security

Assistants are covered by the French Social Security system from the time they take up their position (1 October) until the end of their assistantship. Travel to and from France is the responsibility of the assistant. A monthly salary of around 965 Euros in metropolitan France, and of about 1250-1370 Euros in the overseas Departments (Guadeloupe,Martinique,French Guyana and La Réunion) is provided.
Accommodation is at the assistant’s expenses.
For further practical information, please visit the CIEP’S web site.

Role of the Assistant

Tasks to be carried out by the assistant include:

Providing help in the classroom in oral and written English with small groups of students for 12 hours every week. The assistant’s timetable may be shared between two schools.
Providing linguistic and cultural assistance to teachers.
Make recordings on tape for the audio-visual resources of the school’s library.


The CIEP application form for the position of language assistant in France in 2015-2016 will become available in October 2014.

Applications should reach the Embassy by close of business on 22 December 2014

Send to:

Ariane Defreine
Embassy of France
Higher Education Office - English Language Assistants in France
6 Perth Avenue
ACT 2600

NB: Cancellation of an appointment, except for valid medical or family reasons (certificate required) will disqualify the candidate from applying the following year.

Candidates will be informed of the result of their applications by May/June 2015

Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted. Please ensure all copies are collated and stapled together and that there are no loose sheets or photos with your application.

Once selected - what’s next

Information will be available once the selection has been made.

Please consider applying for the English language assistantship programme in New Caledonia

Dernière modification : 01/10/2014

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